Guest Blog: Author R.J. Palacio on Choose Kind

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As part of Choose Kind Chicago, we’re featuring a guest blog by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder. This blog post is inspired by a letter Palacio wrote to 3-year-old Mary Cate Lynch and her family. Mary Cate, of Beverly, was born with a rare condition called Apert syndrome; she and her mother, Kerry Ryan Lynch, make […]

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Author of the Month R.J. Palacio

Wonder book cover

"We carry within us the wonders we seek around us."—Sir Thomas Browne Get to know October's Author of the Month, R.J. Palacio, as she talks about the inspiration behind her first book, Wonder, and her writing process. Use the questions below to guide your reading of the book, and read a guest blog Palacio wrote for […]

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Walking the Tightrope with Daredevils

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There are people who live their lives on the edge! They spend their time walking on a sliver of wire stretched between buildings many miles above the ground, or go tumbling over the edge of a waterfall in a barrel or put their life at risk by eating broccoli. We know these people as daredevils. […]

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Now It’s Fall: Knowledge Ninja Challenge

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The Knowledge Ninja is looking for kindergartners through second-graders to complete this challenge and become Knowledge Ninjas. Use your ninja skills to investigate, then answer the questions below by September 29 to be entered in a raffle to win a prize to help you continue your ninja training. Watch for more challenges coming soon! The days are […]

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Fall into Autumn

Fall trees

I love the change of seasons, especially autumn. There is nothing like running through fallen leaves and hearing them crunch under your feet. Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall or what to do with all the apples that are available during this season? Try these books to find all your […]

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Summer Fun with Science Fiction

Lego Astronauts being chased by an Lego skeleton astronaut

Hey kids! You've been learning cool things about space science all summer, but did you ever stop to think about how science and science fiction are related? Why not sit back, relax and enjoy these sci-fi stories before summer is over. We've all known some weird kids in school, but probably none like Bob and […]

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Top Picks for Back to School

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It's the end of August, which means you've either just started school or you'll soon be heading back. It doesn't matter if you're going to school for the very first time or have been in school for awhile—moving from summer vacation to school lessons and homework can be hard. When my son started kindergarten, a friend recommended The […]

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Happy Birthday, Baby Pandas!

Giant panda Mei Xiang

Exciting news from the National Zoo this weekend: Twin panda cubs were born to Mei Xiang, one of three giant pandas at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. This is Mei Xiang's third successful pregnancy. She gave birth in 2005 to Tai Shan, who was moved to China in 2010, and in 2013 to Bao Bao, who […]

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Hurricane Katrina: Destruction and Survival

New Orleans river boat at sunset

Do you like reading stories of survival? This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast and the flooding of New Orleans. Just imagine if you woke up to find water rushing into your home like Louis Daniel did in A Storm Called Katrina. What would you do? Learn the facts about […]

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Read Like an Egyptian

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Missing tombs, hidden doorways and a powerful may sound like I'm describing a great fictional story, but in fact these are all pieces of a real-life mystery! For hundreds of years, the resting place of the beautiful and powerful Nefertiti, queen of Egypt in the 14th century B.C., has been a mystery. That was […]

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